After being shut out by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday night, the Charlotte Knights’ pitching staff looked to return the favor on Sunday in the final game of the teams’ three-game series.
Led by five solid innings from starting pitcher Scott Carroll, the Knights did just that, blanking the IronPigs 2-0 to win the series two games to one in front a crowd of 9,309 fans at BB&T BallPark.
Carroll, who was optioned to Charlotte from Chicago on Thursday and officially added to the Knights’ active roster on Saturday, went 41/3 innings before seeing his perfect-game bid snapped on a single by Lehigh Valley outfielder Jordan Danks.
After retiring the next two batters he faced, Carroll exited his first start since April 22 having only allowed one hit while striking out five batters.
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Charlotte (29-21) scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning on an infield single by left fielder Jason Coats with the bases loaded. The Knights tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase their lead to 2-0.
Relief pitchers Miguel Chalas, Maikel Cleto and Zach Phillips combined to pitch four scoreless innings to help Carroll secure his second win of the season with the Knights.
“(Scott) Carroll was great. He threw strikes, kept the ball down, got a lot of ground balls, and that’s his game. George (Kottaras) behind the plate did a good job with him. For him to get up and down five times, he hasn’t started in a while after he got called up here to go to Chicago – he was in the bullpen. That was just a good overall effort.” – Knights’ manager Joel Skinner on Scott Carroll.
RHP Miguel Chalas made his Knights debut and pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Chalas, who was promoted to Charlotte on Saturday from Class AA Birmingham, allowed two hits and struck out the first two batters he faced. In 14 games with Birmingham this season, Chalas was 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA. ... Knights play-by-play announcer Matt Swierad called his 2,500th game on Sunday. Swierdad has called Charlotte’s home and away games since 1998.
The Knights have Monday off before hitting the road to play the Durham Bulls in a three-game series. RHP Kyle Drabek (1-2, 2.25) will take the mound for Charlotte across from RHP Dylan Floro (4-4, 3.54) when the series begins 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. The Knights return home on Friday to take on the Norfolk Tides in a three game-series.